great deal


chiefly before pause or consonant -ēəl
: a large quantity : lot
received a great deal of sympathy at his bereavement
asked for little but received a great deal
a great deal
: to a considerable degree or extent : by a considerable amount
a great deal better
: often, frequently
he runs a great deal
used with intransitive verbs
: highly
think a great deal of that book

Word History

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of great deal was in 1711

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“Great deal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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